Festival of Slovenian Film ran in Portorož from 17 to 22 September 2019.
Best Short Film went to Paradise, Monoo’s film directed by Sonja Prosenc and Mitja Ličen, and written by Despina Ladi, with Judita Franković Brdar and Matej Puc in the main roles. Paradise was a Slovenian-Croatian co-production, financed by the national funding bodies in both countries.
The Jury wrote they awarded the film for a “lightness and brilliance” which “can be seen in all of its layers – the screenplay, photography, direction and acting”.
Sonja Prosenc’s sophomore film History of Love / Zgodovina ljubezni has been selected as Slovenia’s candidate for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category. The film is a Slovenian/Norwegian/Italian coproduction.
Sonja Prosenc’s debut feature The Tree (2014) was selected by the Association of Slovenian Filmmakers (DSFU) as the country’s candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 2016.
History of Love received the Special Jury Mention in the main competition of the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2018 and other awards at home and abroad.
History of Love had its North American premiere at Slamdance 2018 among four chosen films of the Breakouts section. “Slamdance’s new programming section, “Breakouts,” features the work of several Slamdance alumni, including Steven Soderbergh, who executive produced Beats /…/These films are by non-first-time-feature directors who demonstrate a determined vision of filmmaking that is instinctively becoming their own. These artists continue to push boundaries in genre and form, and are beacons of light that predict the future of film.” (more: Screendaily)
The film features a renowned Scandinavian actor Kristoffer Joner (The Wave, The Revenant, Mission Impossible) and young Slovenian actress Doroteja Nadrah in main roles.
More: The Hollywood Reporter
History of Love (2018) by Sonja Prosenc, presented in Main Competition at Karlovy vary IFF received the Special Mention Grand Jury Award:
》Extraordinary Artistic Achievement《
“Prosenc has kept her intensely sensorial approach that impressed audiences and critics alike in her first film, but has moved away from the socio-political angle that it had, focusing on intimate family relations, and particularly the main protagonist’s inner world. // Mitja Ličen’s cinematography is rich and varied, and so are the settings. From the streets of Ljubljana to the family’s large house in the suburbs to the lush banks of the river, the DoP lets the camera flow, pan and follow Iva, in both sunny daylight and nocturnal scenes illuminated by lanterns, torches or smartphone screens. Also, the camera often goes underwater – one of the most consistent leitmotifs of the film. This is where Iva’s hearing impediment comes into play, through the very creative and meticulously executed sound design. Combined with the score, featuring some of Bach’s most sweeping choral pieces, the sound and images create a distinct world that belongs to Iva – and where reality and imagination overlap without any clear borders.” (Cineuropa, July 2018)
The film is a co-production between Slovenia, Italy and Norway, supported by Eurimages and developed with TorinoFilmLab and Midpoint. Read more about the film here.
Croatian audiovisual centre supported a short film Paradise (Raj) written by Despina Ladi, co-directed by Mitja Ličen and Sonja Prosenc. With the support the film became an official Slovenian-Croatian co-production between production companies Monoo (SI) and Wolfgang i Dolly (CRO).
“With a dream-like atmosphere this visually impressive story on the trail of the French new wave follows a couple on vacation trying to breathe new passion into their relationship, inspired by an unexpected circumstance.” (Croatian audiovisual centre – HAVC)
For more about the film go to PARADISE.
Before the world premiere at Karlovy Vary IFF – Main Competition Selection we invite you to watch the trailer for our film of History of Love by Sonja Prosenc.